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L'esprit du tigre - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB547458
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Ed Barreveld, Min Sook Lee, Anita Lee, Silva Basmajian
Directors:  Min Sook Lee
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal), Storyline Entertainment Inc. (Toronto)
Subject:  Canadian History, Civics, Diversity, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Global Studies, Politics, Social Issues, Social Studies, World History
Language:  French
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2008
Running Time:  113:19

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Korea is a divided nation. The psychic scar shared by families divided during the Korean War in the 1950s is symbolized by the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing communist North from capitalist South. Along this infamous border, filmmaker Min Sook Lee begins a revelatory, emotion-charged journey into Korea’s broken heart, exploring the rhetoric and realism of reunification through the extraordinary stories of ordinary people.

Lee joins one man’s quest to prove the tiger, a symbol of resilience in Korean mythology, still lives in the DMZ. But Lee delves deeper than symbols, asking the crucial question—how will the two Koreas be put back together? In the South, we meet elderly Koreans waiting for news of relatives and young defectors haunted by memories of escape. In the North, we visit an inter-Korean economic project and gain unprecedented access to a state-sanctioned family reunion.

An eloquent tale of longing and hope, Tiger Spirit is an unforgettable portrait of Korea at a crossroads.

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